Wunan News News & Updates from the field
Dec 12 2016
David was born and bred in Katherine, NT, and is one of eight kids. His father was born in Birdum (Larrimah) and comes from the Ngalakan clan in the Ngukurr region and his mother was born in Wyndham. He was welcomed into the fold at Wunan earlier this year, first as a Career Advisor providing assistance to jobseekers, and then as Coordinator, Community Engagement. In this role, he facilitates visits to remote communities by the WA Government’s Remote Services Reform Unit (RSRU) to discuss with the people living there how the Government can work more effectively with them to deliver better outcomes. David finds these visits very rewarding because they give him an opportunity to meet so many different people and help them to understand what the RSRU is all about and what it’s hoping to achieve. “Travelling to these remote communities and seeing this beautiful country is a great […] Read More.
Dec 12 2016
During an inspiring ceremony attended by his proud family and Wunan staff recently, Justin Mosquito from Halls Creek became the first student from Wunan’s Kimberley Education Excellence Program (KEEP) to graduate Year 12. Not only did Justin reach the milestone of completing Year 12, he stole the show – also winning the Outstanding Trade Student (Automotive) and the Hibberd Award for the student who has shown the greatest resilience and spirit in the face of significant challenge. According to Wunan CEO Christian Zahra, when Justin entered KEEP in 2011 in Year 7, like many Indigenous students in the East Kimberley, he had extremely low levels of literacy and numeracy. “Justin’s reading was assessed at Year 1 level and he was unable to tell the time or comprehend basic mathematics,” Mr Zahra said. “Given how far behind he was when he began in the program, Justin’s successful completion of Year 12 […] Read More.
Nov 11 2016
This week Coles Kununurra Store Manager Graham Bannister won the Wesfarmers Reconciliation Action Plan Champion Award for his work in supporting Aboriginal engagement and employment as part of Wunan’s Indigenous Employment Broker partnership with Wesfarmers. This is an important recognition of all of the hard work done by Coles Kununurra, Wesfarmers and Wunan Foundation since the partnership came together last year. It is also a great acknowledgement of the work of Wunan’s Indigenous Employment Coordinator, Zoe Dudley, in helping to drive the success of the program – the outcomes have been outstanding. Read More.
Dec 8 2014
The Commonwealth Government has consolidated all Indigenous programs into 5 areas of strategic priority, and recently opened a funding round for applications for programs commencing in 2015. Wunan submitted 7 requests; for programs aligned to both Government objectives and our own strategy for reform. Some were to continue current programs that are delivering results while threatened with closure due to short term funding cycles. Other new initiatives were proposed that will support long term change and improved outcomes for Aboriginal people. An evaluation mechanism was proposed for each funding application, recognising that measurable impact is essential; not only in the context of value for money, but also to ensure programs are actually delivering the outcomes intended. Wunan does not subscribe to the continued layering on of passive service delivery, and thus expects to be accountable for creating sustainable outcomes. Funding applied for under the Indigenous Advancement Strategy was as follows: […] Read More.